Software update adds the ability to tilt the screen in the new Model S

By Nuno Cristovao

When the new Model S was introduced in 2021, it was supposed to come with a 17-inch tilting center display.

Although the original plan was to offer a tilting screen, the screens of the new Model S and Model X have remained fixed so far.

There is currently no way to tilt the screen, manually or automatically. However, it looks like Tesla is currently testing an update that activates servos that tilt the large central display.

However, not all vehicles are equipped with the motor to move the display. Tesla only recently started including all the necessary hardware. It’s unclear if Tesla will provide a retrofit for older vehicles. For vehicles with the required hardware, an upcoming update should allow it to be controlled via the UI.

Twitter user @TeslaFrunk just posted a video showing the display tilting left, center, then right.

It looks like display rotation will be done by pressing a new button added to the commands menu.

The new button appears to be called “Display” and replaces the Glovebox button. Pressing the button, you are presented with three options, left, center or right.

If you press the desired direction, the display will slowly move to the desired position. It doesn’t seem like something you’d change just to use the screen for a while, more of a personal preference.

The glove box button appears to have moved to the lower right corner where neutral was, and neutral has been moved to the bottom of the Auto Shift column which allows you to shift your vehicle while driving, in reverse or parked.

There is no word on what version of software this vehicle is running, but it is likely an early access release or internal software only.

Some drivers like having the screen in the center, giving equal access to the driver and passenger, while others would prefer it to face the driver.

This is a welcome option that gives owners more flexibility in using their car.

It would be nice if Tesla also offered an option to automatically tilt the screen towards the driver if there’s only one person in the vehicle or keep it centered if there’s someone in the driver’s seat. passenger.

Software update 2022.16 is just around the corner. Will this be included in it? We should know soon.

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By Jorge Aguirre

MCU2 compared to MCU 3

Tesla hacker and Twitter user @greentheonly speculated that it will not be possible to retrofit Teslas current MCU 2 (Media Control Unit) using Intel chips with the new and improved Ryzen processor used in MCU 3.

Upon close inspection of the internals of a new Model Y, Green said “retrofitting Intel cars definitely seems impossible – totally different horsepower and other unit beams and thicknesses.”

The news has not been confirmed or denied by Tesla or its CEO, Elon Musk, but if true, it would most certainly disappoint many MCU2 vehicle owners, who expected to be offered the opportunity. an upgrade, in the same way current MCU1 owners can upgrade their chips for a fee of $2,000 (plus tax).

MCU (Media Control Unit) is the computer controlling Tesla’s touch screen, processors, RAM (short term memory), nonvolatile memory (long term memory), audio subsystem, 5 amplifiers, WiFi, Cellular, Bluetooth, GPS, Ethernet bridge, several CAN bus communications, LIN bus, USB ports and many more.

It handles all software operations except for full self-driving/autopilot, which are unaffected by the version of MCU a Tesla is equipped with. All Teslas built after November 2016 are capable of fully autonomous driving.

MCU2 was released in Spring 2018 (Fall 2017 for Model 3) as an upgrade to the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor present in MCU1. All cars delivered after this date benefited from the improved responsiveness and additional features that come with the Intel Atom E8000 Series processor.

From a technical point of view, the two chips had completely different architectures. The release of the V10 software update highlighted the differences, as MCU1 owners were locked out of both Tesla Theater and Tesla Arcade. This is because MCU1 does not support Netflix, Hulu, YouTube or any other streaming services that may be added in the future. It also does not support any of the games added by Tesla. Moreover, the web browser on MCU2 is much faster and more capable as it is built on Google’s Chromium platform.

In the summer of 2021, Tesla launched the redesigned Model S with a more powerful infotainment processor MCU. At the time, no one knew if this was Tesla’s next-gen MCU or if it would carry over to other models.

Then, at the end of 2021, the first news of a new generation of Tesla MCU chips began to flood the web, with reports from China that a new AMD Ryzen-based computer was present in newly shipped Model Ys.

The new MCU is faster and brings noticeable improvements in responsiveness in the web browser, as well as when using video streaming services, such as Netflix and YouTube.

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By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison

Model 3 and Model Y can gain rear screen for entertainment

It looks like the new Model 3 and Model Y will soon get a secondary screen. In a recent tweet from @greentheonlynewer Model 3 and Model Y models with AMD processors have been discovered to have second-screen capabilities.

The connectors on the circuit board of the AMD-powered Model 3/Y indicate that it has a connector to power a “2nd display”. It is possible that the second screen is at the rear of the car like the new Model S and Model X.

The new Model 3 and Model Y vehicles have a circuit board similar to the Model S and Model X, but they’re not identical, so it’s not just Tesla sharing parts between the two cars and leaving the 2nd display port remains unused.

According to Green, a similar situation has occurred before, where the Model Y PCB had unused USB3 ports which were later populated in later revisions.

It’s possible that Tesla will add a rear display to the Model 3 and Model Y as it becomes a big selling point for Tesla.

The rear display gives you convenient features such as the ability to turn on the rear seat heating and adjust the cabin temperature. It also lets you manage in-vehicle music as well as some additional entertainment options like playing games and streaming movies from Netflix, Disney+ and more.

And while games and movies on the vehicle’s main screen can only be used while parked, on the rear screen your passengers are invited to watch movies on the way to their destination.

This is a neat feature and would actually cost Tesla little to add since the 8″ display is powered by the same hardware as the center display.

Alternatively, it is possible, but unlikely, that the second connector will be used for an instrument cluster display including speedometer, temperature, GPS and battery information behind the steering wheel.

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